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Phoenix police chief orders probe of fatal shooting by sergeant

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:14
The department is also conducting an administrative investigation stemming from the incident.    The investigation comes amid protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the Aug. 9 killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer. She then raised the hammer and went at the officers, police said.     She was shot by a veteran police sergeant at close range and died later at a local hospital, a police spokesman said.     Police identified the sergeant this week as Percy Dupra, 48, who has been with the department for 19 years.     The fatal police shooting prompted a protest outside of Phoenix City Hall by community activists and the woman’s mother, calling for an independent review into the incident and questioning if race may have played a factor.      Garcia said other steps that have already been implemented include assigning a police commander to train officers to better deal with community member with mental health issues.     In addition, Garcia ordered a complete review of the department’s mental health pick-up procedures and training related requirements, and said that plans are underway to purchase additional on-officer cameras.

Man who lived years as hermit adjusts to society

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:13
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A man who lived nearly three decades in the woods now has a job and is adjusting to life back in society.

Grand jury hears evidence in Ferguson case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:12
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A grand jury has begun hearing evidence as it weighs possible charges against the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Virginia ex-governor takes stand to deny granting favors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:12

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - Former Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell took the witness stand in his own defense on Wednesday and denied giving any special treatment to the company at the heart of the bribery and corruption charges against him and his wife. McDonnell characterized his treatment of the company, Star Scientific Inc, and its CEO Jonnie Williams Sr. as "nothing at all special, other than what I was supposed to do.” McDonnell and his wife Maureen have been charged with 14 counts of bribery and fraud for allegedly accepting more than $165,000 in loans and gifts from Williams to promote the company’s signature product, Anatabloc. To prove its case against the McDonnells, the government must convince the jury that the couple – and specifically, the former governor – took “official acts” to help Williams and Star Scientific. Under questioning from lead defense attorney Henry Asbill, McDonnell said he never held a press conference for Williams, or visited his company or made an announcement in its behalf.

Colorado buys fire-spotting planes to battle fires

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:06

File - In this June 12, 2013 file photo, Black Forest Fire Dept. officers burn off natural ground fuel in an evacuated neighborhood, prepping the area for the encroachment of the wildfire north of Colorado Springs, Colo. The two planes, soon to arrive in the state, have typically been used for military missions, and are to be part of a firefighting fleet that state lawmakers approved funding for this year. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)DENVER (AP) — Colorado will begin a new strategy for fighting wildfires in the coming weeks, deploying aircraft designed to pinpoint the location of blazes quicker after the first sighting of smoke with the aim of beginning suppression efforts faster.

Schilling: Tobacco gave me cancer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:02
Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling revealed Wednesday for the first time the type of cancer he was battling -- squamous cell carcinoma, or mouth cancer -- and detailed the painful treatment and recovery process that caused him to lose 75 pounds.

Texas Governor Perry enters 'not guilty' plea to felony charges: newspaper

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:01

Texas Governor Perry enters the booking area at the Travis County courthouse in Austin, TexasTexas Governor Rick Perry, a possible Republican candidate for the 2016 presidential race, has entered a not guilty plea to two felony counts of abuse of power, according to a legal document posted on Wednesday by a newspaper. Perry also waived his right to an arraignment scheduled for Friday, according to the document, which was filed with the District Court of Travis County and signed by one member of Perry's legal team and was posted by the Houston Chronicle. Perry was indicted on Friday by a grand jury in Travis County, a Democratic stronghold in heavily Republican Texas, over his veto of funding for a state ethics watchdog that has investigated prominent Texas Republicans.

Officer who pointed gun at protesters suspended

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:59

A protester (L) speaks with a police officer during a protest in Ferguson, Missouri on August 19, 2014Officials say a police officer who was part of the effort to keep peace during protests in Ferguson has been suspended for pointing a semi-automatic assault rifle at demonstrators, then cursing and threatening to kill one of them.

Judge delays start of Arias penalty-phase retrial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:57

FILE - In a Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 file photo, Jodi Arias, right, looks at her defense attorney Jennifer Wilmott during a hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, Ariz. An Arizona judge on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 granted Arias' motion to delay the start of her planned Sept. 8, 2014 penalty phase retrial. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle, Pool,File)PHOENIX (AP) — The judge presiding over the Jodi Arias murder case on Wednesday delayed the penalty phase of her trial until Sept. 29.

U.S. Supreme Court puts hold on gay marriage in Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:56

Groom figurines are seen on a cake at a ceremony to celebrate the wedding of Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly HillsSupreme Court stopped gay marriage in Virginia from going ahead on Wednesday, staying an appeals court ruling that had struck down a state ban. The court granted a stay application filed by opponents of gay marriage. The action was not a ruling on the merits of gay marriage, but means that a July 28 pro-gay marriage ruling by the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will not be implemented while litigation continues.

Parks Service bans drones over Appalachian Trail

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:55
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The National Park Service has banned drones from flying over the Appalachian Trail.

AG Holder meeting with Michael Brown's parents

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:51
ST. LOUIS (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is meeting with the parents of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old fatally shot by a police officer.

Atlantic City casino workers gather for prayer service

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:49

Atlantic City casino workers gather for prayer serviceEmployees have turned to politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen and union reps to try to save their jobs at three Atlantic City casinos scheduled to close soon

High court blocks same-sex unions in Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:45
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Same-sex couples will have to forget their plans to marry in Virginia — at least for now — after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to delay an appeals court ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban.

Taney Dragons ready for 3rd Little League World Series game

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:44

Taney Dragons ready for 3rd Little League World Series gamePhiladelphia's very own Taney Dragons are getting ready to hit the field for their third game of the Little League World Series on Wednesday night.

Immigrants found in back of locked rental truck

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:41

This photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, and released by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, shows some of the nine immigrants, who entered the United States illegally, that were found locked inside the cargo area of a rental truck at a Border Patrol checkpoint outside of Amado, Ariz. Autorities said the incident last Thursday was a potentially deadly smuggling attempt because of summer heat and because there was no source or fresh air or means of escape. (AP Photo/U.S. Customs and Border Protection)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Federal officials say the discovery of nine immigrants who were locked inside the cargo area of a rental truck at a Border Patrol checkpoint in southern Arizona highlights the dangers of human smuggling.

Social media pushes back at militant propaganda

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:37

FILE - In this Friday, May 27, 2011, file photo, journalist James Foley poses for a photo during an interview with The Associated Press, in Boston. A video by Islamic State militants that purports to show the killing of Foley by the militant group was released Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Foley, from Rochester, N.H., went missing in 2012 in northern Syria while on assignment for Agence France-Press and the Boston-based media company GlobalPost. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)BEIRUT (AP) — The extremists of the Islamic State group have turned their social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience.

Picture emerges of officer in Ferguson shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:35

In this Feb. 11, 2014 image from video released by the City of Ferguson, Mo., officer Darren Wilson attends a city council meeting in Ferguson. Police identified Wilson, 28, as the police officer who shot Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014, sparking over a week of protests in the suburban St. Louis town. (AP Photo/City of Ferguson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A white police officer whose shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old ignited racial upheaval in a St. Louis suburb has been characterized as either an aggressor whose deadly gunfire constituted a daylight execution or a law enforcer wrongly maligned for just doing his job.

Alabama federal judge charged with wife-beating to seek treatment

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:33
(Reuters) - An Alabama federal district court judge charged with beating his wife has sought counseling and plans to enter a residential treatment program in the coming days, his attorney said Wednesday. District Court Judge Mark Fuller, 55, was arrested earlier this month and charged with a misdemeanor count of battery after his wife called police from an Atlanta hotel room to say he had hit her. "He is very embarrassed," said Barry Ragsdale, an attorney representing Fuller. "He takes the issues involved with his family very seriously." Fuller was stripped of his docket by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in the wake of the Aug. 10 incident and is not receiving new cases, though he is still drawing his annual salary of roughly $200,000, Ragsdale said.

Boston bomb suspect's friend to plead guilty to obstruction: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:32

Runners continue to run towards the finish line as an explosion erupts at the finish line of the Boston MarathonBy Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) - A friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused of removing evidence from Tsarnaev's dormitory room, has agreed to plead guilty to charges of obstructing the investigation into the blasts, his attorney said on Wednesday. Dias Kadyrbayev, a Kazakh national, is one of three college friends of Tsarnaev charged with hampering the probe into the blasts, which killed three people and injured more than 260 near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. His attorney, Robert Stahl, wrote in an email on Wednesday that Kadyrbayev "will plead tomorrow," but that the details had not yet been made public. He wrote that he will provide further details on Thursday, when a previously scheduled hearing will be held at federal court in Boston.